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East Neuk Festival

27 June – 1 July

Background and context

The third East Neuk Festival takes place at the end of June.

Background and context

Anstruther Lobsterpot; Photo: Andy McGregor The East Neuk of Fife is a picturesque rural coastal region renowned for its landscapes and seafood, and, more recently, its summer music and literature festival.  The festival has run annually since 2005 and uses local buildings such as churches and community halls as venues for concerts, readings and family events.  It grew out of a series of three annual concerts and now features a programme of world-class music and literature.

Although only in its third year, East Neuk Festival’s impact has already been recognised further afield.  Earlier this year it won the Audience Development category in the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards, presented in partnership with Classic FM.  The adjudicators felt that the festival brought 'adventurous and high-quality music-making to an area of Britain poorly served in that respect', and praised it for the way in which its audience has 'grown impressively'.


Top Scottish artists and ensembles such as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Mr McFall’s Chamber, Allan Neave and Alasdair Tait will appear alongside groups and soloists from Europe like the Alban Berg Quartet and Christian Zacharias, performing music from Baroque to the twentieth century.

St Monans Kirk; Photo: Andy McGregor

In addition to its chamber music programme, East Neuk Festival will this year hold not only its first children’s event but also its first cabaret.  The programme will also include more traditional music and jazz-inspired work, film and readings.

Readings, talks and discussions are part of the East Neuk Festival programme.  Writers appearing at this year's festival include Christopher Rush, Tessa Hadley, Andrew O’Hagan and Richard Holloway.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the East Neuk Festival website or call the Box Office of the Byre Theatre on 01334 475000.

Supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.

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